AMERICAN YOUNG – ‘HAPPY AGAIN’
Regulars on the UK Country circuit, including appearances at many of our major country festivals, Kristy and Jon are back with a track that has to considered amongst the finest that they have ever released.
‘Happy Again’ was premiered last week by Bob Harris on his Thursday night show.
The song was penned by Jon Stone along with Kyle Schlienger and Jason Mizell, and will be included on their sophomore album AY11 coming November 19th.
LARRY FLEET & JON PARDI – ‘IN LOVE WITH MY PROBLEMS’
It’s been a superb week for the release of new music, and a definite highlight is the new album by Larry Fleet, ‘Stack Of Records’. We reckon it’s a certainty to be included in many end-of-year ‘best-of’ lists.
This collaboration with Jon Pardi is included on Fleet’s album but also appears as one of the featured tracks on Hardy’s ‘HIXTAPE Volume 2’, which we featured in last week’s highlights list.
Check out this album. You won’t be disappointed.
DAVID NAIL – ‘ST LOUIS’
It’s been a fallow few years for David Nail and for those of us who regard him as one of the finest country singers of our generation. We would argue that his version of Phil Vassar’s ‘The Sound of a Million Dreams’ is one of the finest recordings we have ever heard.
The decision by Mercury Records to drop him from the label in 2017 was met with despair here at YLIAS, and apart from his his short-lived project ‘David Nail & The Well Ravens’ in 2018, we have missed his presence on the scene.
He’s back, however, with a homage to his home state of Missouri and will also be touring with his ‘BootHeel’ shows. Salvation at last.
WILL BANISTER – ‘FIND A NEW HOME’
Will Banister is a new name on our highlights list and it seems was a new name to many involved in the industry in the States.
He’s an independent artist from New Mexico who was recommended to Clint Eastwood as a perfect fit to sing the opening track of Clint’s new movie ‘Cry Macho’, which is a film about an injured ex-rodeo star set in Texas and Mexico.
A great voice and song is an unbeatable combination.
CHUCK WICKS & JIMMIE ALLEN – ‘ON AND ON’
It’s a cover of Stephen Bishop’s 1977 hit, and a very good one.
It’s been covered by many artists over the years and you may recall the reggae version by UK band Aswad. However, as far as we know, this is the first version by country artists. It works a treat.
WESLEY DEAN – ‘NEVER THOUGHT OF YOU’
Wesley Dean is Australian, won ‘Australian Idol’ in 2008 and developed a successful career with hit singles and albums in his native country. However, he decided to chase his dream in Music City and relocated to Nashville last year at the start of the pandemic.
Since then he’s released a couple of tracks, and we now get to hear ‘Never Thought Of You’, a song that is going to go down a storm at the live gigs that he is scheduling with his new band.
THOMAS CSORBA – ‘CRYSTAL EYES’
His EP ‘From The Jordan’ is set to be released on October 8th, and if the standard is as good as ‘Crystal Eyes’, it will be worth the wait.
He’s from Texas, and ‘Crystal Eyes’ focuses on a wedding day, a subject close to Csorba’s heart as he was forced to downgrade his own wedding which took place at the height of the pandemic.
The song was premiered by The Boot in the US and is one of 5 that will feature on the forthcoming EP.
MORGAN EVANS – ‘COUNTRY OUTTA MY GIRL’
It’s going to be a busy end-of-year for Morgan Evans who will be supporting Brett Eldredge on the ‘Good Day Tour’ and is also gearing up for the release of his new six-song EP, due on October 29th.
‘Country Outta My Girl’ is the first release from the new project, written with Hunter Phelps, Ben Johnson and Mark Holman and produced by Dan Huff.
WAYLON PAYNE – ‘7:28’
Waylon’s Dad Sammi Smith was a longtime member of Willie Nelson’s band. His mother toured with Waylon Jennings who is Payne’s Godfather, and Waylon was born in Nashville. The genes demanded that he followed in the family business.
His career to date has been shared between music and acting, but he received critical praise for his album ‘Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher & Me’ last year.
He’s back with a new 3-track EP ‘The Lost Act’ and we have included the first track ‘7:28’, written with Wade Bowen and Angaleena Presley.